Today from 11am to 4:30pm is the 12th Annual Parkside Tour of Homes. Tickets and maps are available at the starting point, the historic Church of the Good Shepard at Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue,diagonally across from the Frank Lloyd Wright / Darwin Martin complex. FYI, Jewett Parkway intersects with Parkside right near the Zoo.
Steve Cichon will be in front of the church selling copies of his book The History of Parkside. It is a very good, very interesting labor of love by Cichon. He covers Parkside through the years, as far back as its founding years through the present. He was able to interview many people who lived through changing times and it adds warmth to the book.
He also has a few juicy tidbits, like when the Darwin Martin house was occupied by a bigshot of UB who liked to throw posh parties, and the radical hippie college professor who lived across the street who also liked to throw parties, preferably at the same time.
I'm not sure which houses will be featured on the tour besides the Martin complex, but here are a few more that caught my eye this past February.